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GA Inducts New Members Into Cum Laude Society

Twenty-six new members were inducted into Germantown Academy's Cum Laude Society chapter during a special ceremony on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 in the Korman Family Pavilion. (SEE PHOTOS)

The group recognizes the members of the graduating class who, throughout their Upper School careers, embody the Society's mission to promote excellence, justice, and honor. The Society inducts those students demonstrating a superior academic record in the most rigorous coursework, a deep commitment to integrity and a strong adherence to the GA Honor Code, and a passion for learning both in and out of the classroom.

Head of School Rich Schellhas, who also serves as the President of GA's Cum Laude Society chapter, along with GA Cum Laude Secretary and Director of College Counseling Karen Mason were on hand to induct the new members. Upper School Physics teacher Victor Montemayor was the featured speaker.

"Cum Laude is the most significant academic honor at Germantown Academy," said Mr. Schellhas. "It is the high school version of Phi Beta Kappa and its ranks are filled with some of the most successful and intellectually adventurous people in the United States. Germantown Academy is proud to induct twenty-six members of the Class of 2017 into this prestigious society."

In total, GA is permitted to admit up to 20 percent of each graduating class into the hallowed ranks of Cum Laude. Following the junior year, GA admits 10 percent of the class, and then in June of senior year, the faculty admits another 10 percent based on their performance during their final year at GA.

Elected in the Fall of 2016:

  • Akosua Adubofour '17
  • Julia Buchholz '17
  • Braden Cody '17
  • Mikayla Fassler '17
  • Abigail Goldstein '17
  • Jade Houri '17
  • Isabelle McMahon '17
  • Lindsay Naber '17
  • Gavin Rees '17
  • Owen Ritz '17
  • Daniel Smith '17
  • Austin Takei '17
  • Theodore Wood '17

Elected in Spring of 2017

  • Alison Crump '17
  • Sook-Hee Evans '17
  • Gaven Giampalmi '17
  • Caroline Hackley '17
  • Tyler Hook '17
  • Kian Jamasbi '17
  • Noelle Mlynarczyk '17
  • Nicholas Moeller '17
  • James Parker '17
  • Dominique Pasquarella '17
  • Alexis Vaganos '17
  • Decker Wentz '17
  • Ethan Zhao '17

CLICK HERE to see photos of the 2017 Cum Laude induction ceremony on SmugMug.